“My Best Fiction” Contest Winners

We are proud to announce below the winners of the My Best Fiction contest. We had hundreds of entries – these are the best of the best!

1st place:

The Wheeling Dipping Seagull

by Brian Doswell

The 1st place prize is $1,000!


2nd place:

We All Fall Down

by Dale A. Moses

The 2nd place prize is $500!

3rd place:

The Winter of a Mind

by Elizabeth Towles

The 3rd place prize is $300!

4th place:

The Lover

by Valerie Byron

The 4th place prize is free proofreading and editing services (of up to 3,000 words), sponsored by Elite Editing.

5th place:

My Only Son

by Danee Riggs

The 5th place prize is one license for the WhiteSmoke Writer 2010 English correction software from English Software. English Software, an all-in-one English proofreading tool including a spell checker, an advanced grammar check, automatic sentence structuring and punctuation checking functionalities combined with latest NLP technology.

Congratulations to all the winners!
What the Jury said:

About the 1st place book: “The Wheeling Dipping Seagull” by Brian Doswell

“GREAT! The book with the points of view of both characters was fun and showed how we can misinterpret the feelings and actions of someone to whom we are attracted romantically.” – Susanna Zaraysky, BookRix Author

“This book is rich in detail and narrative, highlighting author’s lovely experience on a beach. Author’s crystalline style, beautifully crafted sentences and phrases makes this story an engrossing and enveloping read. A story written with grace and compassion.”  – Anita Prasad, BookRix Reader

About the 2nd place book: “We All Fall Down” by Dale A. Moses

“This story was written in a fashion that was quick and easy to read. As the reader, I had no doubt that the main character in the story had something to do with the fire, but, as most readers also probably assumed, I figured he was connected with events prior to living in the apartment. The twist at the end was startling and made the short story much more interesting.” – Tess Dussling, BookRix Reader

About the 3rd place book: “The Winter of a Mind” by Elizabeth Towles

“Incredibly realistic and full of vivid details. The author wrote in a simple, straightforward style and still managed to incorporate more advanced vocabulary. I found the story touching and heartfelt. Kudos to the author on the title of the work – what a great metaphor for life with dementia.” – Tess Dussling, BookRix Reader

About the 4th place book: “The Lover” by Valerie Byron

“A real page turner. Sexual insufficiencies are not topics regularly covered in stories from a female perspective. Good for you to talk about it in such a fun way.” – Susanna Zaraysky, BookRix Author

“Ms. Byron has done a masterful job of blending romance, sensitivity and deep emotions. She makes the reader fall in love with the man whose charming personality and good qualities draws people towards him. The credit goes totally to the author for telling this story in the most beautiful natural way thereby ensuring that situations and the characters are real. With right initiative and positive attitude, she finally found her real love and lived happily. The author inspires us that the life could be started at any point of age and to live life to its fullest.” – Anita Prasad, BookRix Reader

About the 5th place book: “My Only Son” by Danee Riggs

“The story kept me interested, but I never understood why Deb was so thin. The graduation ending was good with the thanking of DJ for his influence on Nate.” – Susanna Zaraysky, BookRix Author

“A touching story about a family whose son is suffering from a dreadful disease. The emotions and the difficulties faced by this family are really captured and very well described, to make a compelling story. An intriguing emotional story!” – Anita Prasad, BookRix Reader

Thank you as well to our two additional judges: Jennifer Rotner, owner of Elite Editing, and Sophie Richards, senior writer at NYC & Company.

Congrats again to all winners!

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